Varanasi's fabled bulls stayed out of it. But BJP and AAP came to a headlong collision as Narendra Modi's road show ran smack bang into an AAP jansabha in Varanasi leading to a shouting match with the CRPF forming the Line of Control.
Narendra Modi's interview told us a lot about him and offered some valuable insights. Here are five.
The Gujarat govt has ducked an RTI query on Modi's attendance in the CMO, his Cabinet meetings and other meetings. If the Gujarat CM thinks RTI activists will slow down for a new government, he's far off the mark.
Rahul Gandhi should be very worried. Even if he saves his seat this time there are certain kinds of voters, traditional Congressi voters, who are deserting his party even in the most loyal bastions.
When the King of Magic hits the campaign trail he cannot rely on gilly gilly foo spells. He has to make real promises and deliver real results, says P. C. Sorcar Jr, acclaimed magician and now a BJP candidate.
From being the serial ranter, he has morphed into the challenger, the underdog, the outsider and the victim at the same time. He chose to rebuild the idea of him as the quintessential 'other' in the context of traditional Indian social paradigms.
AAP has hit social media with full force alleging that it’s an AAP-specific Section 144 in Amethi.
On the penultimate day of campaigning in Amethi, the citizens got a two-for-one surprise. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi embarked on a road show, shaking hands and trying to touch hearts.
From official anthems (The Congress one is rather preachy and the BJP's a tad apocalyptic) to toe tapping campaign trail music, the spectrum and sheer variety of the music has been almost as impressive as the scale of the elections themselves.
In a part of the world where everything is about caste and sub-caste, Varun Gandhi tells his audiences to rise above caste and creed. Starry-eyed idealism or a real push for change?
"They called him 'sher shah', I was told. Maine bhi kya sher bete ko janam diya hai (I have given birth to such a brave son)..." she says. And he remains better that way, she says, not as a poll slogan.
Gulberg Society has come to symbolise the sharply polarised state, question its claims of inclusive growth and a reminder that the tales of 2002 will not suddenly vanish after May 16.
Mamata and Modi have gone from being prospective good friends to the new Shahrukh-Salman of the block.
No Bappi Lahiri hit is safe anymore. Now that the King of Disco is a BJP candidate from Serampore, he's turning his greatest hits into BJP anthems.
Seen in the light of the BJP gunning for a record-smashing victory for Modi in Vadodara, the voter awareness drive in the city makes ample sense.
In Vadodara it's difficult to miss who the most advertised candidate is. Here are some images of the town.
'Hindu Shiv Sena' candidate in Gandhinagar Sanjay Brahmbhatt circulates handbill asking Christians to stop conversions and Muslims to bring out the terrorist hidden within.
AAP has about700 autos campaigning in Ahmedabad, but despite their visibility, unfortunately nobody can remember the party's candidates.
With its jhadu symbol and trophy candidates, AAP has continued to be the pop party to its biggest voter-base yet – the urban youth.